On September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hoboken Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the September 26 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control site .
The drop off locations and times are as follows:
- Hoboken Police Department, 106 Hudson Street: 10:00am to 2:00pm
- 311 Thirteenth Street AND 221 Jackson Street: 10:00am to 11:20am
- 400 First Street AND 220 Adams Street: 11:20am to 12:40pm
- 76 Bloomfield Street AND 514 Madison Street: 12:40pm to 2:00pm
General Public Inquiries:
- Inquiries can be made at 1-800-882-9539
- Search for a collection site near you.